Alwar: Cops detain one person for killing of man by 'cow vigilantes'

Umar Khan

Last week, three Muslim youths were allegedly beaten up and one of them was shot dead by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, while they were transporting cows from Haryana's Mewat district to Bharatpur in the state.

The Congress on Monday said lynching of a dairy farmer Umar Khan by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan was unfortunate and asked why such crime occurs only ahead of elections.

It is a murder case and we are working to arrest the accused involved in the case, he said. His family had claimed that he was shot dead by a crowd of cow vigilantes when he was transporting some cows. These men who have been arrested are self-proclaimed gau rakshaks.

Alwar Superintendent of Police Rahul Prakash said the minor boy had named five other attackers and a hunt had been launched for them. On the other hand, the Alwar SP has stated that two cases were lodged in connection with this case. They planned to waylay it if it returned with cows.

"The gau rakshaks claimed that the people in the pick-up truck first fired at them, and so they returned fire".

"Ummar, Tahir and Javed were habitual smugglers. The pick-up truck they were using was stolen from Uttar Pradesh and its numberplate belonged to a motorcycle", Rana said, adding that Tahir and Javed would be apprehended soon.

Various organisations took to the streets in Jaipur in support deceased Umar Khan's family and raised several demands.

His family members refuse a post mortem until the demand of immediate arrest of the accused and compensation of Rs 50 lakh and a government job for Umar's kin met.

Deputy superintendent of police (Ramgarh Circle), Anil Beniwal, had earlier told The Wire that a case of "cow smuggling" has been registered under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal Act against Tahir and Javed adding that "in the past too, Tahir has been charged with cattle smuggling" and had been absconding for some time.

According to Tahir, when he and Umar were on their way back home, they were attacked by 6 to 8 people.

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